Peter Brennan, 30, Loved Fighting Fires
Copyright 2001 Newsday, Inc.
Newsday (New York, NY)...09/30/2001
By Dionne Searcey; STAFF WRITER
At only 30 years old, Peter Brennan had the resume of a seasoned, veteran rescuer.

He started volunteering at the Lakeland Volunteer Fire Department as a teen in 1986. In the following years, he volunteered with the Hauppauge fire department and worked for the New York City fire department, earning medals and awards for heroism.
"Pete loved to help his fellow man. He thrived on it," said his wife, Erica Brennan. "He loved the fire service and all it meant."

Brennan, of Ronkonkoma, died Sept. 11 as he tried to rescue people from the collapsing World Trade Center.

That he died helping others gives his wife at least some sense of comfort, she said.

"Pete left us doing what he loved," said his wife, who is expecting the couple's second child in January.

Brennan had reported to work early Sept. 11, anxious to get back to fighting fires after a six-week vacation.

His passion for firefighting began before he graduated from Connetquot High School in Bohemia in 1989. At the Lakeland department he received his firefighter's certificate and training as an emergency medical technician.

He racked up unit citations at Lakeland and then an award and a medal for heroism at the Hauppauge Fire Department, which he joined in 1999, for rescuing three fellow firefighters. He was elected to second lieutenant in April. The First Responder Newspaper recently awarded him the 2001 Long Island Gold Firefighter of the Year Award.

Brennan joined the New York City Fire Department in 1995. He was a charter member of Squad 288 in Queens and fought fires for Rescue 4. He was a rescue diver, hazardous materials technician and technical rescue instructor at the city's fire academy.

Before becoming a New York City firefighter, he worked as a New York City police officer in the 101st precinct and on the Queens Task Force.